A course of instruction for women with irritable bowel syndrome.

Mariette Bengtsson, Kerstin Ulander, Elisabet Bergh Börgdal, Ann-Christine Christensson, Bodil Ohlsson

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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the effects a course of instruction about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) might have on symptoms, psychological well-being, and medical care requirements in these patients. Methods: Twenty-nine women with IBS participated in a programme of instruction on medical care, physical activity, stress-management, diet and health insurance. The women completed the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale and the Psychological General Well-Being Index and provided information about their requirements of medical care before and after the course. Results: Twenty-three of the women included, completed the questionnaires at 12 months after the course. When comparing these values to those at baseline, there were improvements in abdominal pain (p < 0.037) and vitality (p < 0.045) as well as a reduction in the number of visits to physicians (p < 0.037) and dieticians (p < 0.042). Conclusion: Information related to the disease, might help women with IBS to perceive less pain and more vitality and thereby experience a higher quality of life. Practice implications: A course of instruction for patients with IBS maybe of benefit for the patients, and could be apart of a multicomponent approach in the treatment of this patient group. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-125
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue numberAug 9
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


  • pain
  • course of instruction
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • vitality
  • quality of life


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